The Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation reported lin June that by its count, there are currently at least 114 political prisoners in Cuban jails, up from 102 at the end of 2013. (Read the list of prisoners here.)
Uncommon Sense is attempting to honor these brave Cubans by sharing their names and little about their respective stories. Ever since I started this blog, I have felt it vital to remember their names, names the regime would rather have the world never know. That is the only way to fully grasp the injustices they are suffering.
Today's prisoner is Angel Yunier Remon Arzuaga.
A rap singer better known as "El Critico," Remon has been imprisoned since March 26, 2013, after police agents beat him and other activists and attacked them with tear gas Just days before, the musician had been detained as well. When he returned to his home, Remon, an activist with the Patriotic Union of Cuba, painted anti-government messages on the walls of his house, which provoked further repression.
Prosecutors have charged Remon with "assault" and announced they are seeking an 8-year sentence, but the case has not come to any resolution.
He recently spent his 31st birthday as a Cuban political prisoner.
Yunier Remon, whose stage name is "el Critico del Arte" ("The Art Critic"), was attacked with tear gas and arrested ... for his criticism of the Castro regime.
In prison -- where he is being held without charges or trial -- Yunier has been continuously beaten, contracted various diseases, denied family visits and held naked in a punishment cell.
He has undertaken several hunger strikes to protest his cruel and arbitrary imprisonment.